St. Louis Rams’ 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

St. Louis Rams' 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

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Operating on a strict budget as the St. Louis Rams are this offseason, it’s truly difficult to find too many faults with the way their business has been handled. But as with any team, digging a little deeper reveals some potential pitfalls that could be troublesome along the way as a result of a handful of the moves made in St. Louis. Here are the team’s five biggest mistakes made thus far in preparation for the 2014 NFL season.

5. Signing WR Kenny Britt

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5. Signing WR Kenny Britt

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Though Kenny Britt is a talented player and brings a ton of potential to the table in the Rams’ offense, this move feels sort of fishy to me – as in Jeff Fisher. The coach hoarding former players just doesn’t sit well because it’s not like they were ever all that successful during his tenure with the Tennessee Titans. Plus, the Rams have plenty of young receivers who need those valuable reps that will now be going Britt’s way.

4. Releasing OG Harvey Dahl

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4. Releasing OG Harvey Dahl

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Look, I get it; Harvey Dahl’s cap number made him an impediment to the team’s long-term plans at 33 years of age come June, and a reported failed physical ultimately produced his walking papers. But the depth on the offensive line is shaky at best, and showing interest in bringing him back shows they know he’s an integral part of the O-line. The youth movement is obviously the goal here, but sometimes veterans are necessary to get over the hump.

3. Bringing Back Gregg Williams as Defensive Coordinator

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3. Bringing Back Gregg Williams as Defensive Coordinator

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After being ostracized by the NFL following the alleged bounty scandal, Gregg Williams popped back up with the Tennessee Titans in 2013. There were whispers of him potentially getting back into a DC gig sooner or later, but no one figured it would be just one year removed from a year-long suspension with the same team that had hired him originally. Leave it to Jeff Fisher keep it in the family by bringing his good friend back in St. Louis.

2. Signing Backup QB Shaun Hill Over Kellen Clemens

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2. Signing Backup QB Shaun Hill Over Kellen Clemens

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Let me get this straight. Kellen Clemens leads the team to a respectable .500 record after Sam Bradford went down in Week 7, yet the team decides to move on and sign Shaun Hill to back up Bradford and be the de facto starter at present in the offseason? This one is nearly as mind-boggling as No. 1 on this list, and rest assured that the two are very much related.

1. Staying Committed To Sam Bradford At QB

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1. Staying Committed To Sam Bradford At QB

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Despite one of the worst contracts in the history of the NFL and lackluster performance during the first four years of his career, the Rams remain inexplicably committed to Sam Bradford under center. His gargantuan cap number consumes more nearly 15 percent of the team’s total money allocated in the upcoming year, and they hold the No. 2 overall pick in May’s NFL Draft. It’s time to cut bait and find a capable QB.


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  • Scott

    I don’t believe I could disagree more with this list. Their one true mistake was not bringing in a legitimate CB or FS. They’ll be able to draft one but both might mean passing on better prospects or getting a really watered down prospect at a major area if weakness.

    Also people need to lay the F off Bradford! He was starting to really put it together before he was injured. The line of logic that leads to the Rams replacing him now seems flawed in it’s belief that a better QB is available… This is simply not the case. It would be beyond stupid to move on from Bradford this season, especially if you are the coach or GM and like your job. Starting over from square one with little reason to believe you’re getting a sure fire upgrade would be career suicide for Les Snead. Better off to build the team and get to a winning record with Bradford than to go all in on a rookie that will likely lead to a few more losing seasons. It’s not like Bradford can’t manage a game and lead you to victory on a team with a spectacular defense.

    • Andrew Spinoso

      I agree. Way off. Especially since Britt’s contract makes him have to earn it. Also, Fisher stated he wanted Dahl back, but at Ram friendly price. So, he was way off on that too. Greg Williams son did better than the crap the Rams have for coaches and they fired him. It’s unfortunate but Fisher has the friends game going and it will cost him. When he went to the Superbowl he had a great supporting cast. Now he has a bunch of bums.

  • drewspinoso

    I’m really surprised you were wrong about everything besides cutting Bradford. I watched the games last year and Dahl was atrocious and hurt most of the time. He literally got beat up on the field too many times. Britts contract is nothing unless he makes the team. Win win situation if he performs in pre-season. Clemmons was a one trick pony. He could hand the ball off nicely, but his throws were literally ducks! Williams was an excellent coach and the crap show last year was worse than pathetic and anybody would be an improvement. Were you failed to mention was the crappy contracts with C. Long and Laurinitus! Both of their contracts along with Bradford’s sinking the Rams. Also you fail to mention how bad coaching is ( Shottingheimer, Sherman, McGuinness, Fisher, and his son.

  • Brian Paddock

    Is this guy for real??